“Count on Me,” cont’d
After dredging up that story about the two different versions of “Count on Me” yesterday, I’ve been thinking some more about the choice to sub out Penrod’s voice for Gaither’s more prosaic, somewhat lumbering baritone in the first verse.
Of course the first thing to say is that it wouldn’t really seem like that big of a deal if we hadn’t heard the way it might have been in that pre-release special edition. You don’t miss what you never had.
No matter. In a 1995 context, I think it makes a certain amount of sense to defer the introduction of Penrod’s voice to the second verse. The song was a sort of defacto debut for him insofar as it showcased the power anthem possibilities of his voice that were clearly the reason he was hired. And delaying his entrance on the song to the second verse, and cuing the crowd-roar loop right at his entrance, perfectly reinforced the sense of a star walking on stage. Still and all, Lowry could have taken that first verse and given it a bit more zip while saving the second verse for Penrod’s big entrance.
But judge for yourself. If you’ve got $1.98, you can download both versions on iTunes. Thanks to Kyle for pointing out that the Guytastic version was released on a compilation project called Honoring the Father. The original release of the song, of course, is on Southern Classics, Vol. 2.Email this Post